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first_imgWashington Hall rang with laughter Monday evening from first-year Moreau First Year Experience students who had gathered to watch and participate in Sex Signals, an annual improvisational comedy show sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) that aims to educate and inspire student discussion about sex, relationships and consent.The show was introduced to Notre Dame five years ago, but it is the first year the GRC is partnering with the Moreau program to allow students to receive ten extra credit points for their attendance, GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. Poncho Ortega | The Observer Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, left, and Vincent Banks of Catharsis Production perform during ‘Sex Signals’ Monday night. The Gender Relations Center program aims to create a culture of consent.“This year we revised the design of the first two weeks to be more conversation based and included the opportunity for Sex Signals, which uses humor, case studies and audience participation,” Gebhardt said. “It is our hope that the extra credit will give students an incentive to make the event a priority,  as it is our institution’s way of acknowledging how the conversation should not merely happen in class but throughout our campus.”Vincent Banks and Jessamyn Fitzpatrick of Catharsis Productions — the Chicago-based performance group running Sex Signals, launched into a discussion about sexual relationships in a campus setting —“How many of you had sex ed classes in high school?” Banks asked the audience.A majority of students raised their hands.“What did you learn in those classes?” he asked.Students shouted out their answers.“Did anyone learn how to have sex. — other than from porn” Banks said half-jokingly in response.Throughout their hour and 15 minute performance, Banks and Fitzpatrick interacted with their audience as they acted out three hypothetical scenarios representative of real-life situations — flirting at a party, sexual harassment at a gym and dealing with people who make excuses for sexual assault in the name of friendship. The acts were used as teaching tools to break stereotypes, explain gender spectrums, clearly define consent, fight against victim-blaming and encourage bystander intervention.Towards the end of the program, the performers called for students to “raise the bar” on campus by making a culture of consent so normal that it would force those who do not ask for it to stand out.First year Danielle Slevin attended the performance with her friend and — fellow first year — Helton Rodriguez.“I felt that it was really empowering and really moving, especially to be in a room full of kids who might have experiences similar to mine or who feel the way I do. … I have friends who have been affected, whether it’s being uncomfortable at parties, or things that have escalated to more serious situations that were usually induced by alcohol,” Slevin said. “It’s a serious thing that is present on this campus, and it’s something that should be spoken about.”Rodriguez, who participated during the show, said he reflected on how the issues presented in the show were present in his life.“Whenever I have girls over at my dorm to study, I always have to ask if they’re comfortable walking home alone,” he said. “And it’s just kind of a sucky part of life.”He feels that Notre Dame’s strong Catholic identity can reinforce values preventing sexual assault, but also can make the topic a taboo to talk about.“I think, regardless, it’s problem on campus,” he said. “You can argue whether or not it’s harder or easier to talk about, but you have to talk about it.”Editor‘s note: A previous version of this article used the incorrect gender pronouns when referring to a student on first mention. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Moreau First Year Experience, Sex Signals, sexual assaultlast_img read more

first_imgEL MONTE – Three sting operations netted 37 arrests Tuesday night and early Wednesday on a variety of charges, authorities said. Offenses ranged from purchasing liquor for minors to prostitution to drug possession. The largest block of arrests, 19 misdemeanors, came from a “shoulder-tapping” sting where three minor volunteers asked adults to buy alcohol for them, according to El Monte police Lt. Santos Hernandez. Additionally, police impounded seven cars from people who were driving without licenses or had arrest warrants. The “shoulder-tap” operation ran from 5 to 11 p.m. at 20 liquor and grocery stores throughout the city. At the same time, on Garvey Avenue, police arrested seven women suspected of prostitution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“These were all career prostitutes with previous records,” said Hernandez. El Monte officials lately have focused on combatting prostitution. The City Council last week passed an ordinance that allows police to arrest convicted prostitutes who are standing on a street corner. The ordinance takes effect next year. Early Wednesday morning, police carried out an operation at a homeless encampment along the Rio Hondo River wash next to Rosemead Boulevard. They made 11 arrests and issued 10 citations for narcotics. One of the arrests, on suspicion of possessing speed, was a felony. The rest were misdemeanors, said Hernandez. All 11 suspects remained in police custody Wednesday afternoon. Police plan to clean out local homeless encampments by removing left-behind junk and periodically making arrests, said Hernandez. “We made arrests today, but people will be back there tonight to sleep,” he said. “It will take a few weeks to clear the place out.” dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgChampions elect? Manchester City are 1/8 to win their first title in 44 years when they entertain QPR, who are 2/1 at BetVictor to be relegated to the Championship on Sunday.Bolton, who need to win if they are to have any chance of staying up, are 19/10 to win at Stoke and that is likely to be enough as few give the Hoops any chance of halting the City charge at the Etihad.14/1 to score the opener.Or can they? Rangers are 18/1 at BetVictor to gain a shock win with Lord Frodsham aka Djibril Cisse 14/1 to score the opener.Yaya Toure was simply irresistible against Newcastle last weekend and is 5/1 to score the opener on Sunday.We make City our 13/8 favourites to win next season’s title and many believe we will see the start of a City dynasty to replace that of neighbours United on Sunday – but we’re not convinced.FA Cup winners Chelsea are 1/3 to finish their domestic season on a high and they should have too much for a Blackburn side who were relegated earlier in the week.Fulham travel to White Hart Lane and are 8/1 to finish their long season with a bang.Sunday is the only day of the Premier League season when all 20 teams kick off at the same time. We have markets on the highest scoring game and which team will score first and, sorry Hoops fans, make Manchester City our 13/2 favourite to calm the nerves at the Etihad with Chelsea 8/1 and Spurs and United at 19/2.City are 2/1 to be the highest scoring team on the final day and we have an enhanced acca of 9/2 for the final day ‘good things’ Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, City and United to all oblige.We have a sensational offer for the forthcoming Euro 2012 tournament: place a bet on the outright market and if holders and world champions Spain retain their European crown in Kiev on 1 July we will refund losing bets up to £50.Thus if you fancy Germany, Holland or – don’t laugh – England, we will refund your losing stake if Spain continue their recent monopoly of major tournaments.This offer is backdated and lasts until the first ball is kicked in Warsaw when the hosts Poland meet Greece on 8 June.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img11 July 2012 His 555 test dismissals is a massive 139 more than the number two man on the list, Adam Gilchrist. Another way to put his achievement into perspective is that his total of 555 is more than double the number of dismissals made by the man in fifth place all time, Jeff Dujon, who tallied 270 in his career. Boucher was standing up to leg-spinner Imran Tahir when Tahir bowled Germaal Hussein with a googly. In a freak accident, a bail flew off the stumps and hit Boucher in the left eye. He immediately fell to the ground and was surrounded by his team-mates, all thoughts of celebrating the wicket forgotten. “We’re trying to respect what he’s given us and hopefully play with him in our hearts and minds through the next few years. ‘Saddened’South African captain Graeme Smith, who read the statement on behalf of Boucher, said in response: “Bouch, we have walked a long road together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances. StatementHe released a statement, which read: “It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play International cricket again. “I don’t think you can replace Mark Boucher. That’s not what we’re trying to do,” Graeme Smith told ESPN Cricinfo. “I have a number of thank yous to make to people who have made significant contributions during my International career, which I will do in due course. He is number two all-time on the lists of dismissals in one-day international cricket, with 424 to his name. “He’s created a legacy for a lot of us to be a part of and to look up to. We need to respect what he’s done for our country and be proud of that.” “You leave us today with sad hearts, but also with a deep gratitude for your contributions to our team, and to us as people. A two-and-a-half hour surgery followed for the veteran Protea, during which it was established that the damage was severe. Boucher had said he wished to retire after the England series, but after being forced out of the tour he announced his retirement. InfluenceNumbers, however, vastly underplay the role and influence Boucher had on the Proteas. He was renowned for his tough-as-teak, never-say-die temperament and for being a leader in the South African team. He earned the respect of his team-mates and South Africa’s opposition.center_img “For now, I would like to thank the huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt support during the past 24 hours. I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery.” He went on to play in 147 test matches, which at the time of his retirement was seventh on the all-time list, and just five games less than the South African record holder, Jacques Kallis, his closest friend. He also took part in 295 one-day internationals and 25 Twenty20 internationals. He also bowled eight balls in test cricket and took a wicket, dismissing Dwayne Bravo for 107 in the drawn fourth test against the West Indies at the Antigua Recreation Ground. “You have been more than a performer, you have been a motivator, an inspirer, an energizer … and a good friend to many,” Smith said. “For the 14 years of your International career, you have been a true Proteas’ warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything. You have been a 100 percenter for this team. As a batsmen, he scored 5 515 runs in tests, including five centuries and 35 fifties. “I had prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better than I have prepared for any tour in my career,” Boucher’s statement read. “I had never anticipated announcing my retirement now, but circumstances have dictated differently. “The fighting spirit you brought to the team remains with us. We wish you a good as possible recovery from your injury. As we bid you a farewell as an international cricketer and wish you well for your future, we keep you as a friend and respected Proteas’ warrior.” He was responsible for exactly 1 000 dismissals in those games, with all but two of them being achieved as wicketkeeper. He added a catch as a fielder and claimed a wicket as a bowler. International careerMark Boucher’s international career began in October 1997 in the second test against Pakistan, when current Proteas’ coach Gary Kirsten was still opening the batting for South Africa. South Africa’s record-setting wicketkeeper Mark Boucher announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday after suffering a career-ending eye injury in the opening match of the Proteas’ tour of England against Somerset. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mostly dry today and tomorrow. Notice we still are saying “mostly…”. Much like yesterday, where scattered showers reared up and moved over northern and northwestern parts of Ohio, we can’t rule out a bit of action today and tomorrow. However, it should be smaller in scope than yesterday, and be less intense. Still, we can’t completely wave the all clear flag yet. Temps stay at above normal levels, and south flow will keep humidity levels elevated.Our next good threat of rain comes Thursday afternoon into Friday, and that kicks of a fairly active weather pattern over the state. Thursday, we see a front sweeping in that brings rains on the order of a quarter to three quarters of an inch over 60% of the state. These rains will slowly sag through, mostly drifting from north to south. This should lead to a mostly dry Friday, although we expect some lingering showers though at least the morning in far southern parts of the state.A strong frontal complex approaches from the west on Saturday and looks to be augmented by the remains of Tropical system “Gordon”. Gordon makes landfall sometime late this week in Mississippi and/or Louisiana, then curves through the mid Mississippi river valley and sweeps across IN into lower Michigan and southern Ontario. We will see a large segment of the state dry through the day Saturday, but the thunderstorms to the west will be impressive. The best push of rain comes Sunday as the actual remaining low from Gordon sweeps cross IN, MI and NW OH. Rain can be heavy, especially north and northwest, and thunderstorms can be strong. The rains can linger through Monday, particularly down south. All told, weekend rains can be from .25″ to 1.25 inches, and we have concern that a few areas could try and exceed that upper limit. However, we are going to stay conservative in the forecast for right now. The map at right is a snapshot of potential Sunday morning.Midweek next week can be very interesting. We are keeping rain in the forecast for late Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday. However, the little disturbance that tries to work through is completely cut off from any significant circulation. This means the precipitation potential is light, and may easily go away, depending on how the weekend storm complex lifts off to the north and east. We can see this period ending up drier as we get closer to it.For the extended 11-16 day forecast window, we have a minor front toward the end of next week late Friday that brings scattered showers and rain potential up to .25” to about 50% of the state. Then toward the end of the extended period, we have a stronger system working in that has potential for half to 1.5” rains over 80% of the state. The pattern looks like we continue to see ample moisture into the start of the second half of the month. Whether it turns out to be excessive or not remains to be seen…but the tropics are getting much, much more active, and if the track of the tropical storms heads into the gulf, it would help keep the pattern wetter.last_img read more